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Senior Delivery Manager

Posted: 24 May 2022 Closes: 30 Jun 2022
Home-based Competitive
Permanent & Full-time REA_012490

Job Introduction
Reach's new customer value strategy puts our customers and their experience at the heart of everything we do. As a Senior Software Delivery Manager you'll help us achieve this by ensuring we deliver great value software, on time and to budget.

You'll work with the Head of Engineering to set the strategy and best practices for the Software Delivery team.

You'll work closely with Engineering Managers to take delivery ownership of the requirements set out by the Product Managers. You'll lead a cross-functional team of engineers planning software projects, creating schedules, ensuring the team are releasing updates and overall making everything run smoothly.

Reports to the Head of Engineering. You may have line management responsibility for a small team of Software Delivery Managers. You'll work closely with other members of the Engineering team in addition to Product and PMO team members.

100% home based (UK & Ireland).We can accommodate office workfor those who can commute to our Canary Wharf office.

So, who are we?

We areReach plc, you might not have heard of us but we have probably met without you even realising it. We are home to the UK and Ireland's most iconic digital platforms, magazines and newspapers. From the Mirror, Daily Express and OK!, to our regional titles such as the Liverpool Echo, BirminghamLive and the Manchester Evening News (plus lots more), our brands and the stories we cover are as varied as our people. We help all kinds of people share experiences through our stories because we believe this is what makes us human. Oh, and we should probably also mention that with a monthly readership of 47 million people, Reach is the largest commercial publisher in the UK. At Reach, not only will you feel better understood, you will also feel you understand other people better too.

Key Responsibilities
In addition to your line management responsibility for more junior delivery managers you will also be responsible for the team management of one or more Agile software teams.

We're looking for someone who understands how engineering works. You'll have either come from a development/engineering background or have strong experience of leading highly technical teams.

You will be responsible for fostering a great culture by being a strong role model and demonstrating great people leadership. You must have a continuous improvement mindset and be constantly looking for opportunities for improvement.
  • Uphold Reach's policy around diversity and inclusion and work to ensure our values around non discrimination are upheld in everything we publish.
  • Overseeing all aspects of software delivery including: Chairing all Agile ceremonies, Project/epic planning, Organising and motivating the engineers
  • Help teams breakdown goals and tasks to deliver incremental value.
  • Assist in defining and continually improving our Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC).
  • Provide accurate regular status reports.
  • You will work closely with the engineering management team to resolve issues.
  • You'll assist us in recruiting and maintaining the best talent in the industry by assessing CVs, assisting with interviews and supporting your line and team members with career progression
  • You'll hold regular one-to-ones with your direct reports ensuring they're fully supported.


The Ideal Candidate
  • Obsessed with the customer and deepening customer loyalty
  • An expert at identifying ways to improve the customer experience
  • Experienced at line managing and HR best practices.
  • You have excellent influencing and negotiating skills, comfortable working with senior stakeholders to resolve problems as they emerge and ensure successful project outcomes.
  • Track record of successfully delivering software development solutions using pragmatic application of Agile development methodologies.
  • A confident and articulate communicator capable of inspiring strong collaboration within an organisation and between teams.
  • Confident at managing multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • A self-starter with a can-do, will-do attitude


Qualifications & Experience
  • Previous experience of delivering large scale software projects using Agile methodologies.
  • Previous line management experience.


Package Description
We are offering acompetitive salaryand benefitsincluding;
  • Help to save for your retirement- join our pension scheme and we'll match contributions up to 6%
  • 25 days' holidayper yearwhen you join. After three, five and ten years' service with Reach, you'll accrue one additional day of annual leave. We also have aHoliday Purchase Scheme
  • Giving back day- an additional day's leave each year to support a cause close to your heart
  • Enhanced family leave- including maternity, paternity and adoption - and you'll be eligible after just six months' employment
  • Private Healthcare Cash Plan- free health cash plan so you can claim back cash for a range of medical expenses
  • A"share"in our future
  • As one of theUK's top 50 Inclusive Employers, everyone's invited to join our events, programmes and networks to celebrate diversity and build an environment where all our people can thrive
  • Wellbeing support- including a 24/7 assistance programme for you and your family, a free subscription to mindfulness app Headspace and access to free mental health coaching through Sanctus


Reach plc believes diversity brings benefits for our customers, our business and our people. This is why we are committed to being an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all suitable applicants irrespective of background, circumstances, age, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

We will be reviewing applications as they are received so please don't delay in submitting your application.
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